British comedian Eddie Izzard has been offering suggestions to the Monty Python team on how to update their sketches ahead of their live reunion in July (14). The comedy troupe announced in November (13) they will reform for a one-off live performance at London's O2 Arena next year (14), later extending it to five shows to meet the overwhelming demand for tickets.
The funnymen don't plan to write any new sketches for the shows, so their comedy peers have offering suggestions to help them update their classic skits.
Terry Jones tells Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "Eddie Izzard phoned up... with some suggestions about how we could update the Four Yorkshiremen sketch and put in different tag lines... I think there will be quite a bit of that."
Monty Python will perform live at the O2 Arena between 1 July and 5 July (14).
Monty Python star Terry Jones secretly wed his girlfriend Anna Soderstrom, who is 41 years his junior, in a low-key ceremony last year (12). The 71-year-old comedian divorced his wife of 42 years, Alison Telfer, in 2012, and as soon as the split became official, Jones wed the woman he left Telfer for.
He tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "We married last year. The divorce came through - sadly - so we got married. We kept it secret. We wanted to keep it quiet from the press. It was a very small wedding - only my daughter and the next-door neighbours came."
Jones met 30-year-old Soderstrom in 2002 when she attended his book signing at Hertford College, Oxford in England, where she was studying.
The couple tied the knot at Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution near their home in north London and then travelled to Paris, France for their honeymoon, where they received an unpleasant wedding gift.
He explains, "We went to Paris and we got burgled in our hotel suite. We had to move hotels. There was somebody in the room when we came back from dinner. Anna said she saw a hand disappearing through the toilet door so they must have been in the room as we went back in. And they must have hidden in the loo (bathroom). The other hotel we moved into upped our room because they said, 'We don't want you to think all hotels are going to be burgled'."
Jones, who has two adult children with Telfer, also has a four-year-old daughter called Siri, with his new wife Soderstrom.
The stars of Monty Python are planning to include their late castmate Graham Chapman in their upcoming reunion show by using modern technology to feature him in their skits. Michael Palin admits previous plans for a tour fell apart 15 years ago as the surviving members of the British comedy troupe did not want to continue without their friend, who died from cancer in 1989.
Palin was initially very reluctant to agree to perform without Chapman, but was won over when he realised technology could be used to bring him back to life for the reunion show next summer (14).
He tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "Part of my reason for not doing a stage show 15 years ago was because we'd miss Graham. He was a vital member of the cast and a brilliant writer. Who else could play the Colonel and do all of those other amazing things Graham did? He was such a distinctive performer that I can't imagine hiring anyone else in his place.
"But this time we haven't had to think about him - and not because we're anti-Graham in any way. The great thing is that we can use technology to bring Graham in and not actually have to replace him. I think in a few of the sketches one of us will play his role, but not too much. He'll be seen and remembered, he's very much part of the show."
John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Palin will perform at London's O2 Arena on 1 July (14).
The stars of legendary comedy troupe Monty Python decided to reunite for a live performance after South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker begged them to make a comeback. The five funnymen - John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin - confirmed on Thursday (21Nov13) that they are getting back together for a huge show at London's O2 Arena in July (14).
It will be their first time working together in 30 years, and Jones has now revealed the unlikely inspiration behind their reunion.
He tells London newspaper Ham & High, "The South Park people brought us together, Matt Stone and Trey Parker. They approached us and suggested we should get together and do something together. That's what triggered the interest in the show."
Funnyman John Cleese is unable to perform his legendary 'silly walks' at the upcoming Monty Python reunion show because hip and knee replacement surgery has left him unable to contort his legs. The comedy troupe - Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin - held a press conference in London on Thursday (21Nov13) to confirm they are getting back together to stage a show at the city's O2 Arena in July (14).
The Meaning of Life stars said the production will contain some new material alongside their classic sketches, but fans' favourite skit, The Ministry of Silly Walks, will not be featured as its star Cleese would struggle with it.
The routine features Cleese performing a series of bizarre methods of walking, and the British star is adamant surgery to his hip and knee have left him unable to repeat the famous sketch.
He told reporters at the conference, "That's impossible now because I have an artificial knee and an artificial hip, so there's no chance of that now."
The five writers last worked together on 1983 film Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, which also starred Graham Chapman, who died from cancer in 1989.
Idle joked that they decided it was time for them to revisit Monty Python for one last time, saying, "If we left it too long it would be too late. We don't have that long, do we?... We just thought it would be fun to do one (show) and see if we are still funny, and to do the O2 and see if we can fill it."
The Monty Python reunion show will take place on 1 July (14), with tickets priced between $41.25 (£27.50) and $135 (£90) going on sale on Monday (25Nov13).
It will be filmed for a later DVD release, and Palin says they might even consider a European tour if the show is a success.
Break out your SPAM, perfect your silly walks, and return your dead parrots: Monty Python is set for a reunion stage show, according to Terry Jones. The news is expected to be officially announced on Thursday when the surviving members of the legendary sketch troupe -- Jones, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam -- will hold a press conference to announce some big news. However, Jones revealed the surprise early, when he told the BBC: "We're getting together and putting on a show - it's real," adding that he was "quite excited about it. I hope it makes us a lot of money. I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage!"
The show will mark the first time that Monty Python has performed together since 1998, when they appeared at the Aspen Comedy Festival (although they have made some appearances together, most notably at the 2005 opening of their musical, Monty Python's Spamalot). The troupe's sixth member, Graham Chapman, passed away in 1989.
Rumors about the reunion began swirling when members of the press received invitations to Thursday's press conference, followed by Idle tweeting about the event to his followers. Cleese was also quoted as stating that "Monty Python is set to be a flying circus all over again," which seemed to confirm fans suspicions that the troupe would be getting back together. No details about the stage show have been revealed, including whether or not it will be a one-time event or a tour. It is also not clear whether the group will perform any new material or simply stick to their classic sketches, like they did with their performances at the Hollywood Bowl.
It will be interesting to see if the group incorporates any of the musical numbers from Spamalot, which despite being based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail was only worked on by Idle. Due to its source material and Idle's involvement, it's just as likely to be part of the performance as any of the other Python projects, although it seems to be less popular and holds less significance for fans than the films and sketches do. Regardless, there is sure to be a performance of "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," which Idle performed at the 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony, as well as other classics like "The Lumberjack Song," "The Ministry of Silly Walks," "The Dead Parrot Sketch," and "The Spanish Inquisition." Fans have also speculated that the show could be a lead-up to a potential film or television show (which would probably make Jones enough money to pay off that mortgage), but seems to be an unlikely conclusion.
The press conference formally announcing the Monty Python reunion will take place on Thursday, November 21. According to Idle, it will be televised live from The Playhouse Theater in London, where Spamalot is currently running. Fans outside of the UK will also be able to watch the announcement live as Idle has promised to tweet out a link to a live stream for all of the Python fans in other countries. Until then, you can watch the most recent Monty Python reunion, the 30th anniversary of their final film, Monty Python and the Meaning of Life, below.
The stars of Monty Python are to announce their long-awaited reunion plans at a press conference in London later this week (beg18Nov13). John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin will attend the event on Thursday (21Nov13), when they will reportedly confirm plans to work together again for the first time in 30 years.
After the invitation to the press conference was sent out to the media, Jones revealed the cult comedy group will reform for a stage show.
He tells the BBC, "We're getting together and putting on a show - it's real. I'm quite excited about it. I hope it makes us a lot of money. I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage!"
The British comedy troupe last worked together on 1983 film Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, which also starred late member Graham Chapman, who died from cancer in 1989.
Earlier this year (13), Cleese revealed plans for a get together in a new alien comedy movie directed by Jones had fallen through.
He said, "The truth is, I don't think any one of us knows what's going on. Terry rang us about 18 months ago and said, 'If we make this movie and I direct it, will you do a voice for it?' As far as I know, everyone said yes, and that's the last we heard about it."
However, the Fawlty Towers legend insists the friends still get on well, adding: "We only get together occasionally. It's fun when we do. We always say we laugh more when we are together than we really do any other time."
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Full Tilt BoogieThis documentary about the making of action flick From Dusk Till Dawn gives an interesting glimpse into the creation of an independent movie.
National Geographic: Beyond the Movie: The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the RingThis LoTR documentary includes a lot of fascinating details about the creation of the movies and the life of J.R.R. Tolkein.
Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007This doc is as slick as its subject as it traces the history of James Bond from his obscure beginnings to ubiquity.
Lost in La ManchaThis documentary tells the story of a movie that was never made, Terry Gilliam's Don Quixote, which would have starred Johnny Depp but never worked out for a variety of fascinating reasons.
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Actor/director Terry Jones' plans to reunite his Monty Python pals as aliens in a new movie have fallen flat, according to John Cleese. Jones was hoping to direct Absolutely Anything, and bring his old comedy troupe friends on-board to voice extraterrestrials, but Cleese has revealed the movie project has stalled.
He tells the Los Angeles Times, "The truth is, I don't think any one of us knows what's going on. Terry rang us about 18 months ago and said, 'If we make this movie and I direct it, will you do a voice for it?' As far as I know, everyone said yes, and that's the last we heard about it."
He also fears the film - if it ever happens - will be the only way the Monty Python gang will reteam: "It is too difficult geographically. Dear old Mickey Palin, as I call Michael Palin, is forever travelling. He is always away doing his travel programmes. (Terry) Gilliam is either racing around the world trying to raise money or at film festivals or shooting something. He loves directing films.
"Jonesie (Terry Jones) is always doing the most extraordinary mixture of things. I think a few years ago he was directing an opera in Lisbon about carpet cleaners. And Eric (Idle) is very much based in L.A.
"We only get together occasionally. It's fun when we do. We always say we laugh more when we are together than we really do any other time."
Monty Python stars John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle and Terry Jones have lost their court battle with a producer over royalties from their hit stage show Spamalot. Mark Forstater, who produced 1975 film Monty Python And The Holy Grail, took the surviving members of the comedy troop to court over allegations he was underpaid on royalties from the spin-off musical.
Forstater claimed he should have been entitled to a larger share of the proceeds due to his contribution to the original film and an agreement put in place back in the 1970s, and Idle, Palin and Jones all gave evidence during the court case.
A judge at London's High Court ruled in Forstater's favour on Friday (05Jul13), and he is to be awarded a settlement at a later date.
Speaking after Friday's ruling, Forstater insisted the victory was bittersweet, saying, "I have always been adamant I was correct. I have been proved right - justice has prevailed. There is a sadness, though, about having to face people who were my friends in court. We have been friends for a long time. Monty Python are an institution. I like the fact that they have apparently joked about the litigation. I still think they are very funny."
Spamalot opened to huge success both on Broadway and in London's West End, winning three Tony Awards and making millions in box office sales. It has also been staged in countries including Canada, France and Japan.